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During development it was referred to as Windows 4.0 or by the internal codename Chicago and It was a significant progression from the company’s previous Windows products.

Windows 95 was intended to integrate Microsoft’s formerly separate MS-DOS and Windows products and includes an enhanced version of DOS, often referred to as MS-DOS 7.0. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1, most visibly the graphical user interface (GUI) whose basic format and structure is still used in later versions such as Windows Vista.

There were also large changes made to the underlying workings, including support for 255-character mixed-case long filenames.

Whereas its predecessors were optional “operating environments” sitting on top of the MS-DOS operating system (available separately), Windows 95 was the first consolidated operating system, which was a significant marketing change.

As everyone now knows it was a success, despite the usual bugs and crashes we all expect from Microsoft products.

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